Accomplished Biotech Executive Krisztina Zsebo, Ph.D. Joins BioCardia’s Board of Directors

January 11, 2021

SAN CARLOS, Calif. - BioCardia®, Inc. [Nasdaq: BCDA] a leader in the development of comprehensive solutions for cardiovascular regenerative therapies, welcomes Krisztina Zsebo, Ph.D., a 31-year veteran of the biotech industry, to its Board of Directors following her election at BioCardia’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in December 2020.

Dr. Zsebo has extensive biotechnology experience in discovery, development, and commercialization, having raised more than $200 million to support operations and having launched breakthrough technologies and products with total annual sales exceeding $3.5 billion. She was an integral member of the Amgen team that first cloned the molecule that would become Neupogen; identified the molecule and led the Amgen research team that developed Stemgen; and led Xenotech, a division of Cell Genysis, which developed Vectibix, a fully human antibody technology for colorectal cancer. In addition to her leadership and development experience, Dr. Zsebo has contributed to 113 biotechnology publications, has been awarded 34 composition, process and method patents, and has 26 patents pending. She earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Among her roles on the BioCardia Board of Directors, Dr. Zsebo is expected to serve as Chair of a Science and Technology Committee, with Simon H. Stertzer, M.D. She replaces Fernando L. Fernandez, whose term on BioCardia’s Board of Directors expired at BioCardia’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders in December. In addition, Richard C. Pfenniger, Jr. stepped down from BioCardia’s Board in January 2021.

“Krisztina’s extensive experience in the industry, ranging from development to operations to commercialization, provides BioCardia with a significant resource as we continue our product development plans. We look forward to the benefit of her contributions to the Board and her unique perspective at this critical juncture,” commented Peter Altman, Ph.D., BioCardia’s President and CEO. “We also wish to thank both Fernando and Richard for their dedication and service to BioCardia’s board and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

About BioCardia®

BioCardia, Inc., headquartered in San Carlos, California, is developing regenerative biologic therapies to treat cardiovascular and respiratory disease. CardiAMP autologous and Neurokinin-1 Receptor Positive allogenic cell therapies are the Company’s biotherapeutic platforms in clinical development. The Company's products include the Helix Biotherapeutic Delivery System and its steerable guide and sheath catheter portfolio. BioCardia also partners with other biotherapeutic companies to provide its Helix system and clinical support for their programs studying therapies for the treatment of heart failure, chronic myocardial ischemia, and acute myocardial infarction. For more information, visit

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